Research conducted by McCrindle showed that 1 in 5 Australians or 20% of the population have at least one tattoo, a figure that’s actually significantly higher than previous years and continues to rise every year. Popularity of tattoos is not just limited to Australia, but it’s a global phenomenon that has been growing rapidly in recent years. In fact, according to the Pew Research Centre (PRC), 32% of adult Americans have at least one tattoo.
Self-expression and meaningful symbolism:
Much like how people express themselves through their clothing or hairstyles, tattoos are another form of self-expression. With their body as the canvas, people can choose to display their beliefs, interests, or simply just create something that they find aesthetically pleasing.
Of course there are temporary options, such as henna tattoos, but for those who want something more permanent, getting inked is a great way to express their individuality and stand out from the crowd.
Memories and milestones:
Tattoos leave a permanent mark on the body, which makes it an ideal way to commemorate or remember something. Some clients love to celebrate their milestones, such as birthdays, anniversaries or the birth of a child, by getting a tattoo related to the event. Others may choose to get inked following a pet’s death, in honour of a loved one who has passed away, or to symbolise an important life lesson they have learned.
For parents, their child’s artwork or name can also be a popular choice for a tattoo, a great way to showcase their love and bond with their child.
Some people also love the opportunity their tattoos offer to start a conversation and share their stories with others. It has somewhat become a way for them to show the world what they hold close to their hearts and keep those memories alive by constantly talking about them.
In America, a survey conducted by PRC revealed that close to 70% of individuals with tattoos did so to honour or remember a loved one or a significant event in their lives.
Overcoming body insecurities
Tattoos may help some people feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin, especially if they have scars or imperfections that make them insecure.
Stretch marks, surgical scars or even self-harm scars can be covered up with beautiful ink designs, perhaps a flower with petals that extend over the scar or a butterfly which represents transformation and growth, to help people see their bodies in a more positive light. This gives them a sense of control and empowerment over their bodies, allowing them to reclaim their own bodies and embrace their flaws.
Ready to Share Your Story?
With the increasing acceptance and popularity of tattoos, it’s no surprise that people from all walks of life are getting inked. Some choose to share their story through a tattoo – a pet that they treasure, a mantra that they live by, or a significant event that has shaped them into the person they are today. Others simply enjoy the aesthetic appeal and personal meaning behind their tattoos.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo, book a consultation with us today, and let us help you tell your story through ink. Our dedicated and talented tattoo artists at Lighthouse Tattoo are here to help you bridge the gap between your vision and reality.